This educational collaboration between Washington University's Tyson Research Center and the Missouri Botanical Garden's Shaw Nature Reserve is designed to engage St. Louis area high school students in scientifically-based exploration of the natural world. Linked programs of field training (SIFT) and field research (TERF) provide teenagers with experiences that realistically reflect research in environmental biology. Participating teens learn a variety of field investigation skills and then have the opportunity to put those new skills to work assisting career scientists with real research projects.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Tyson Olympics: Be the Bee

The Bee Team developed an event titled "Be the Bee," a game where three participants from each research team would collect and move "pollen" in the form of bouncy balls. The first team member ran from one end of a field to a marked plot where they would collect the pollen, the second member would have to dance with a pollen-filled tissue box tied to them until all the pollen had been shaken off, and the third member tossed the pollen balls into a "honeycomb"--a set of connected cups.

Alex, post-doc and lead for the Bee Team, explains the game to the rest of the community.

Undergrad Alyssa (left, Glade Team) and TERFer Ben (Turtle Team) run to collect pollen balls.

Undergrad Jenny (left, former Turtle Team member) and TERFer Leyna dance while TERFer Mihika and undergrad/former-TERFer Julia collect pollen balls shaken to the ground.

Undergrad Alissa dances while Beth (technician) collects pollen balls and teammates Kevin and Kelly (undergrad) cheer. In the foreground, undergrad Micaela collects pollen balls for the Forest Team.

1 comment:

Cecilia said...

This is fantastic!